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This position serves as the Director, National Appeals Division (NAD), Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture in Alexandria, VA. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide plans, policies and procedures for the timely and orderly hearing and disposition of appeals filed by individuals or organziations contesting government agency decisions.

This position is to be filled in accordance with section 272 of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103-354, 7 U.S.C. 6992. Under this authority, the Secretary of Agriculture has legislative authority to appoint the Director. The Director serves for a term of six years. The incumbent will be required to sign a service agreement outlining the specifics of the appointment.

This position is also being announced under (AG-NAD-2014-0052MP) to status candidates. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply under both announcements.


The incumbent is responsible for the adjudication of all types of appellant cases nationwide which come before NAD in that capacity, oversight includes: (1) the proper conduct of evidentiary hearings in which one or both sides are proposes or represented by an advocated or attorney; (2) rulings and issues of determinations; (3) issuance of decisions which involved complex administrative, program, and/or factual matters; (4) development and/or maintenance of official appeal records; and (5) rulings concerning motions and objectives. The appeal decisions and appeal records must be of a quality to pass the scrutiny of an administrative and/or judicial review.

Formulates broad plans, policies, and procedures for administering the process by which a person or organization may appeal and have adjudicated any applicable program administrative decision which directly affects that person or organization. Identifies, evaluated and disseminates management techniques to the national and field office staff for use in developing program goals and objectives.

Directs the development, preparation and processing of new regulations and policy issuances for appeal functions. Directs the development of legislation, regulatory proposals, and legislative reports. Responds to General Accounting Office and Office of Inspector General reports. Inspects regional/field appeal procedures and directives for conformance with law, regulations, and procedures. Assigns major policy and procedures projects, and allocates resources accordingly. Provides authoritative direction and leadership to the development, interpretation and implementation of program regulation and procedures at all organization levels.

Ensures a management information system which measures NAD performance in critical areas and targets of weakness for improvement.

Acts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations by championing the use of automation and management analysis in administering the appeal process.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% or Greater

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses will be paid